Student Accommodation ( What options)
One of the important things that a student arriving in the United Kingdom
will have to consider is accommodation. Finding suitable accommodation is not
always easy and students should try and ensure that they have arranged
accommodation before coming to UK, even if only temporary. This is of great
importance for students with families as they may encounter some difficulty
finding suitable accommodation.
Students looking for accommodation have a choice of three options depending
on their circumstances and needs.
Student accommodation offered by the college/university, usually in
traditional halls of residence with shared facilities and catering provided,
or increasingly, in self-catering halls or flats where students can prepare
and cook. Majority of first year students choose to live in this type of
accommodation which is mainly suitable for single students.
Student Accommodation offered by Independent hostels, usually in single or shared
rooms, some provide meals, often at subsidized rates while others provide
kitchen facilities for self catering. Electricity, gas and water usage are
generally included in the overall cost. In most cases a small furnished
bedroom is provided with access to shared laundry, bathroom, lounge and
A Hostels that cater for
students can be fully booked by the beginning of the academic year so it is
important to make enquires before your arrival. Hostels are suitable for
single students who are lonely and would like to meet other students in a
similar situation. If you decide on hostel
accommodation, look at two or three different ones and compare them before
making a decision.
Private rented accommodation is suitable for any type of student,
many second and third year students prefer to live more independently in
a self contained flat or house , which is usually shared with a group of
friends. This type of accommodation can be in a lodging (renting a room from a
landlord/lady and sharing facilities with them and their family, including
eating) in the case of single student or a bed sit (renting a room in a house and sharing basic facilities
with other tenants) or sharing with other students/friends in a property.
Rented accommodation is most suitable for students with families. However
arrangements for these type of accommodation cannot usually be made from
abroad and many students prefer to visit such accommodations before they
rent. Married students with families, should look for accommodation well in
advance. It is usually best if only one member of the family comes to the UK
to find accommodation, and the rest of the family follows later when
arrangements have been made. Student accommodation UK has a list of Private accommodations for you
to check. You can search for accommodation using
our search facility and contact the landlord/lady and arrange meeting with
them on your arrival to UK to save you time and effort when you arrive here
in the United Kingdom.
Expenses (cost of living)
A single student living in
the United Kingdom will need enough to meet his/her basic living expenses such
as accommodation costs, heating, food, daily travel, books and equipment and
other necessities. It is difficult to put a figure on the total living
expenditure because the amount will depend partly on your personal life style.
However as a general guide only, such a student living outside of London will probably
need approximately £600 a month. Although some might find it hard to maintain
their usual standard of living on this amount.
breakdown of costs is designed to give you some idea of how to estimate your
A weekly cost of food based on a western style
of breakfast, a midday meal at the university in the week, an evening hot meal
and weekend meals eaten at home is around £40-£50 for a single
The cost of an evening out
will vary depending on the area, there is a wide range of places in many cities across
|Inexpensive restaurant: lunch
Britain is a cool and damp
place in the winter months and warm (rarely hot) in the summer. The winter months are
usually cold and frosty, although temperatures rarely fall below freezing. The
climate is largely unpredictable. The cost of clothing in an academic year is approximately
£200-£350. Dress in Britain, and British Universities is
mostly informal. when you are invited to an occasion, It will usually be made clear to
that it may demand something more formal or smart.
On most campus sites and in residential
areas you will have access to self service launderette, the cost of this service
is approximately £5.00 per week.
can be cold during the autumn and winter months, students coming from hot countries
may need heating for as long as eight to nine months in the year. If you choose to live in private rented
accommodation, the cost of heating will not be included in your rent.. Allow a minimum of
£15.00 per week for heating in the winter. Accommodation in university
campus is inclusive of heating.
Books and Equipment
The cost of books in
academic year 2000/2001 is approximately £200, however this figure varies
according to your course.
For certain courses, students are expected to provide their own calculator, and may
be required to buy certain items of
equipment. Check with your department to find out the extra
costs anticipated. Stationery and photocopying will cost in the region of £50-£100.
Britain has a National Health Service (NHS)
which is financed and run by the Government. If you are on a course
lasting longer than six months you should be eligible for free treatment from
the NHS, including hospital treatment, from the beginning of your stay. This
also applies to your spouse and children under 16. However if your course is for
less than six months you will not be entitled to NHS treatment and should take out
appropriate medical insurance before you leave home.
NHS prescription charges for medicines are
currently £6.00 per item. All patients have to pay the standard prescription
If you are eligible for National Health
Service treatment, find a dentist practicing in the NHS and register with the dental practice.
National Health Service patients pay up to 80 per cent of
the cost. Please note that dentists do have the right to insist you become a
private patient, which means you have to pay for all your treatment.
If you need your eyes testing, or your
doctor suggests it, you may go to any optician for an eye test. There is a
charge for the test under the NHS, currently about £15. Opticians also have the right to insist you
become a private patient. You have to pay for any lenses or frames for spectacles
which are charged
separately, cost varies from as little as £30.00 to over £200, depending on your
choice of frame.
The Council Tax is a local
government tax to pay for certain services such as the police, libraries, fire
brigade and other public services. Full time students are
exempt from paying this tax as are their spouse and dependants provided their conditions to
remain in the United Kingdom prevent them taking paid employment or from
Transport - Other
United Kingdom has reasonably
a good public transport system, although prices are higher than some other European
countries. Most private student accommodations tend to be close to universities.
If you choose accommodation that is not within walking distance to your college
find out how much it will cost to get there as you may end up paying as much as
£2-£4 a day (you can get weekly or monthly savers which saves you a few
pounds). In London and other major cities you can get a day saver for the tube
or trams which you can travel all day for as many times as you like about
Taxis is expensive in the
UK, a few miles journey could cost you £15 to £25 pound. Train are also not
cheap. The UK has a number of train companies all running on the same track
line, and the fares vary between train companies and the time of the week you
The cost of running a
private car is expensive and prices of new cars are also more expensive than
other European countries, However the prices are coming down rapidly. Prices of
second hand cars are also on a downward slide, however Before you think of
buying a car you should know the cost involved.
of an average small new
|| £8,000 - £13,000
of an average small used
Tax less than 1.2cc
£110 per year
1.2cc and above
£170 per year
of vehicle check (M.O.T) (if
£15 - £30 per year
Insurance (depending on the type of
(4 star or
| £0.87 per liter
If you have young children, you will probably
have to look after them yourselves as it is expensive. There are private day nurseries which take children under school age
(5 years) but many have waiting lists and the costs can be as much as £70-£90 per
week for each child.
If your university has a
child care facility, it will probably be the best and the cheapest. register
your child as soon as you can to avoid disappointment.
If you have time for any
entertainment, you will not be disappointed as there is lots of thinks to do in
and around the university. Students can get some discounts on take away food,
tickets and so on, by showing their union card. Most student union centres have
bars and other entreating events that are cheap for students, however here is an
idea of how much it might cost you.
£3.50 - £5.50
|| £7.00 - £12.00
you are on a full time course the demands of your course will not allow you much
time to work. Also you need to satisfy the clearance officer that you have
sufficient income without relying on part time or vacation employment. However,
full time students may work part time for a maximum of 20 hours per week during
term time and 40 hours per week during the vacation. If you require information
about the rules on permission to work, you should contact The
of Education and Skills. A work permit for part time work may be given upon certain
No British resident is available for the job
Work does not interfere with study
Student receives the standard rate of pay ( currently there is a national
minimum wage £4.50/hour)
the student is granted permission to work, the spouse of that student may seek
work without needing to obtain permission unless their passports are otherwise
endorsed. If however, the dependant is granted 12 months or more leave to
remain, he or she will be free to work. if shorter leave is granted they will be
prohibited from working.